In a very early episode, George's wife Louise makes mention of a conversation she had with George's father after she and George were married about the Jeffersons family roots.
He is co-founder/president of Jefferson Cleaners on The Jeffersons.
Before the Jeffersons' store opening, the family lived in a derelict section of Harlem.
George had worked as a janitor, and Louise as a housekeeper.
Once Hemsley became available and joined the cast, the character of his brother became extraneous, and a result, Henry Jefferson never appeared on The Jeffersons.
Henry's absence was attributed to his family's move to Chicago, but was mentioned one time when he had a son named Raymond (played by Gary Coleman), who came to visit his aunt Louise and uncle George in one episode of The Jeffersons.